The Allahabad High Court is scheduled to deliver verdict on survey conducted of the Gyanvapi mosque by Archaeological Survey of India.
On July 21, the Varanasi district court had directed the ASI survey over the petition filed by four Hindu women who claimed that the mosque was built only after razing a Hindu temple.
Soon after the ASI survey was order, the mosque committee said the mosque was around thousand years old and any break-up in the structure will lead it to collapse and any survey of this kind will breach the supremacy of existing laws pertaining to religious places, said the mosque committee further.
Following arguments by the mosque committee the Supreme Court had ordered a stay. However, centre provided an assurance to the top court that any survey will not make any changes in the existing structure. “The survey plan includes only measurement, photography and radar studied,” said Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta.
The court had then advised the petitioners to move to Allahabad High Court for the same. Then the hearing took place on July 26 and 27, after which the court reserved today for the final verdict.
In 2021, Gyanvapi mosque was seen in headlines for the first time after a group of women filed a petition in Varanasi district court to seek permission to worship Hindu deities inside Gyanvapi mosque premises.